You should download the new NBC Sports Scores app


Back in the 1950s and 60s, rather than simply go to a commercial, TV actors and hosts would often stop right in the middle of their shows, turn to the camera and pitch you something in character. Barney Rubble selling you smokes and stuff. It was pretty wild.

That would seem really weird now, obviously — today “natural” product placement is the primary alternative to a straight pitch — but I don’t know if it’s any better. People don’t like to think they’re being tricked and manipulated. They prefer it, I suspect, when they’re just dealt with straight-up and know when they’re being asked to do something or try something or buy something.

In related news *turns to the camera*

There’s now a new way to read, watch and engage with the NBC Sports content you obviously love or else you would not be reading this: the new NBC Sports Scores app. It’s now available to download on your mobile devices, both via Apple’s App Store and via Google Play. With the NBC Sports Scores app you can get all of the MLB news and analysis we offer you here at HBT and all of the other sports we cover in one handy place.

As well as the stuff Bill, Ashley and I spew out appearing on the app, you’ll find schedule information, scores, videos and much more. You can also set up alerts for content focused on your favorite teams. Which, sure, prevents you from telling us that we must hate your favorite team because we don’t cover them (note: we cover them) but it will bring you other pleasures I’m sure. If you do it, all of your Yankees or Red Sox or (if you’re really weird and sad) Marlins information will be filtered directly to you on the app. No matter what you’re into, the new app has you covered.

Click on these links to download the brand new app:

Thanks! And now, back to “The Flintstones.”

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.